Youth historical community «Litsvins’ Club» attacked by riot police

Riot police squad deterred youngsters from discussing a book by Belarusian writer Frantsishak Aliakhnovich. On the evening of February 8, 2012 «Litsvins’ Club» was holding its daily meeting in a private Minsk house belonging to protestant church «John the Precursor». Suddenly masked riot police agents broke in through a window and started shouting: «Stay put!»

«Three metres of the window there are doors to come in, they were not locked, but riot policemen started breaking the windows while 9 children were playing there,» a witness says. «Praise the Lord, no one was injured. But the children came back to their parents crying and quaking with fear. It seems as if we lived in the war.»

32 detainees were released from a district department of internal affairs without drawing up protocol. Their personal details were written down in the department several times. Names, birth dates and place of work were asked.

According to riot police agents, they had been informed of drug manufacturing taking place in the house.

«Litsvins’ Club» has been organizing youth discussion meetings for 5 years. The club members gather together to debate various issues, watch films and theatre performances. Its meetings are held on Wednesdays and if anyone would like to join all they need is to come to, the official page of the club in Vkontakte social network states.


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